Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has heavily criticised Blues owner Roman Abramovich for his decision to sack Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was sacked in December last year after a torrid title defence, just seven months after lifting the Premier League trophy in a season during which they also won the League Cup.
Villas-Boas, who managed Chelsea from June 2011 to March 2012, is now in charge of Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg following a spell at fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to BeIN Sports, the 38-year old said that Abramovich’s methods of dealing with managers meant that even fellow Portuguese Mourinho was unlikely to survive at Stamford Bridge:
“It’s been quite incredible to see that it (being dismissed) was applied to everybody,” Villas-Boas said.
“It was applied to probably their dearest coach, their most successful coach, so in the end we have seen nothing different. Roman has sacked basically every coach that he’s had.
“It’s no different. It happened even to the best.
“The same criteria that he has applied to me, for Rafa Benitez, for all the other coaches, [Carlo] Ancelotti, he’s applied to Jose as well.”